How to request an FBI background check on yourself
If you suspect that there might be some incorrect information on your FBI Identification Record or "Rap Sheet" as it is commonly known as, then you will need to make a request to obtain it. You have a right to do a criminal background check on yourself but you will have to jump through a few hoops to get hold of it.
If you are adopting a child or you need to disclose any criminal record to get work then you may need to request your criminal history record. Of course it's more likely that you want to do your FBI criminal background check in order to prove that you don't have a record at all.
You can request a copy of your identification record on the FBI web site at the fbi gov web site under "More Services". Here you will find all the instructions that you need to complete the request and get it processed.
There is a fee payable that you must include with your application. At the time of writing the stated fee was $18 which is a nominal fee to cover administrative costs.
The worst part of the application form is the fact that you have to send in a full set of your fingerprints to prove that you are who you say you are. In this instance, a drivers license and a utility bill just won't be enough.
Fingerprints must be taken carefully so that they are clean prints and you must fill in a fresh fingerprint card too. In theory I suppose that you could do all of this yourself but I would suggest that you go down to your local law enforcement office and get an expert fingerprint technician to do it for you. This should avoid any problems with the process.
Can you get an FBI criminal background check on someone else?
No, you can't, not through the FBI site anyway.